NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Jason Richards and Stephen Curry had 20 points each as top-seeded Davidson advanced to the Southern Conference tournament semifinals for the sixth time in seven years with a 78-68 victory over Chattanooga on Thursday.
The Wildcats (27-4), the tournament's defending champions, have won 11 straight. They will take on Furman in Friday's semis as they look to win the event for the fourth time in 10 seasons.For a while, Davidson looked in danger of flopping the way it did two years ago, entering as the favorite yet falling before the finals.Marcus Watts' jam with 11:39 to go put Chattanooga (15-18) ahead 49-48. But Richards followed with a 3-pointer and started a 25-14 run. The Mocs could not catch up.Chattanooga ended with a losing record for the first time since going 10-19 in 1999-2000.Watts led Chattanooga with 13 points. Casey Long had 12 points, but was 4 of 17 from the field.Curry, voted the league's freshman of the year, had a slow start, missing seven of his first eight attempts. But he finished strong, going 4 of 7 in the second half.Boris Meno added 14 points for the Wildcats.The Wildcats, and Curry in particular, were not on their game early on. Davidson started just 6 of 20 from the field while Curry made only one of his first eight shots and the top seed fell behind 22-14.But the Wildcats rallied with an 11-2 run, led by freshman Bryant Barr's 8 points. It was Curry, though, who sent Davidson into the break with the lead. His 3-pointer in the final minute put the Wildcats ahead 34-32.